Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

Common Types of Scaffolding Available for Construction of Tall Concrete Buildings

by Hector Herrera

When it comes to construction of tall buildings, concrete is an ideal choice of construction material because of its durability and great reserve of strength. If you are a concrete contractor and you've just landed a contract to build a high-rise building for a client, you will want everything to go well. But first things first, you will need to choose the right type of scaffolding for the job, as not all scaffolding are created the same. 

Here is a look at two of the most popular types of standing or rigid scaffolding used by concrete contractors in Australia.

Timber scaffolding 

It is a no-brainer that timber is one of the oldest materials used in the construction world. So it comes as no big surprise that timber scaffolding is available on the construction market. Basically, this kind of scaffolding is rigid and is made of timber members consisting of standards, ledgers, braces, putlogs, and guardrails. Timber sole plates should be used under all standards to support the weight of the entire structure. But where the standards are installed into the ground and levelled with concrete, the sole plates may not be needed.

All the timber members used in scaffolding must be pretreated and of sound quality and unlikely to become degraded in the course of the scaffolding's expected lifespan. External scaffolding should offer maximum resistance against water damage as well as insect attacks. 

Tubular scaffolding

Also known as metal scaffolding, this type of scaffolding is primarily available in steel and aluminium, which are stronger and more durable than timber scaffolding. For that reason, tubular scaffolding can be used to reach greater heights. Like timber scaffolding, tubular scaffolding are made of standards, ledgers, braces, putlogs, and guardrails, and suitable metal sole plates should be used under all standards. In addition, clamps or couplers are used to hold the tubes in different positions. 

Both steel and aluminium scaffolding initially cost more to install compared to timber alternatives, but given their longer lifespan and minimal maintenance demand, they are definitely a more economical choice. Tubular scaffolding may only require occasional repainting to prevent rust and corrosion.

As you can see from the above-elaborated points, both timber and tubular scaffolding have their advantages and downsides. At the end of the day, your choice of an appropriate scaffolding for your concrete construction may narrow down to what you can afford and how long you need to use the equipment.      


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Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

Hello, my name is Eric and this is my concrete blog. I am not a concrete contractor but I have recently learnt quite a lot about concrete and concrete pumping. I decided to lay a new concrete drive at my home. The drive is very long and very wide so I needed a lot of concrete. I didn't fancy carrying all this concrete so I opted for a concrete pump. I wasn't exactly sure how to operate this piece of equipment so I contacted a contractor who came out and assisted me. I learnt so much from this guy that I decided to start this blog.